Allison Peterson is winner of the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO
Sarah Crotzer is winner of the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO
Each year the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) awards scholarships to students who have shown achievement in music in the past with an expectation of continuing with music in their lives.
The awards are usually presented at the final LASO concert of the year – its Spring Concert. Of course this year, with the pandemic, that concert never happened. However, four scholarships were awarded.
Allison Peterson was awarded the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship of $400. O’Connor was one of the original LASO members and continued playing violin with the orchestra into her 90’s. Peterson plays cello and has studied with Dana Vinograd.
In 2018, Peterson was principal cellist for both the LA Symphonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony. She also played in the All State Orchestra for her junior and senior years.
Peterson plans to study biomedical science/pre-med with a minor in cello performance at Brigham Young University.
Sarah Crotzer was awarded the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship of $400. Gerheart was an oboist with LASO for many decades, served on the board of directors as president, and was a band teacher in the Los Alamos public schools. Crotzer has played violin for nine years and was the concert mistress of the LAHS Symphonic Orchestra, soloing in its 2019 Winter Concert. She also won the Rotary leadership award. Crotzer will attend New Mexico Tech and plans to major in biomedical science.
Esther Wermer was awarded a Los Alamos Symphony Scholarship of $200. She has studied violin with Kay Newnam and played in the LAHS Symphonic Orchestra during her high school years. Esther plans to continue playing violin in the Boyce College orchestra where she will be studying philosophy/politics/economics next year.
Sarah Worley was awarded a Los Alamos Symphony Scholarship of $100. Sarah has played horn in the Santa Fe Youth Symphony for two years and plans to continue studying horn with private lessons while in college. She has been involved in choir, jazz choir and musical theater.
About The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1947 and today, 73 years later, it still provides an outlet for musicians in the community. The 60 plus member group draws people from the lab, schools, business sector, home environment and retirement to name a few. It also gives high school students a chance to play with a full symphony orchestra – something that they cannot do in the school program. Many of these students go on to make music an important and ongoing part of their adult lives. A few even follow music as a career.